Sunday, May 06, 2007

avoiding a dubious milestone...

When I left work Saturday night it looked almost certain that we would cross over a dubious milestone today. What milestone is that you ask? The 10" rainfall deficit. After the rain gauge at Hartsfield-Jackson somehow avoided the showers and storms that rumbled through the metro area Saturday morning we were left resting on a deficit of 9.99".

I knew there would be very little rain Sunday so I was certain we would be looking at a 10"+ deficit Sunday when I arrived for work. Luckily, we had a thunderstorm develop around 3am right over the airport. That storm slowly worked its way south toward central Georgia, but not before dumping almost an inch of rain (.99" officially)!

So thanks to that overnight thunderstorm our rainfall deficit now sits at -9.13". When is our next chance of rain you might ask? Right now it looks like Friday and into the weekend could give us some rain. If that happens that will help us once again going over 10" on the rainfall deficit for the year.

Still, a 10" rain deficit is not something to be proud of or hang your hat on so remember to conserve water as much as you can. There are still state-wide watering restrictions. Those are as follows...
• Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (no hourly limits)
• Even-numbered or unnumbered addresses may water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (no hourly limits)

Some neighborhoods have even stiffer rules than that so if might be best to double check with your local municipality as to what your restrictions are.

We should have some pretty nice weather over the next few days so make sure to enjoy that, but then it's time to pray for some rain!

Have a great week!


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